The Norwich-based National Centre for Writing has announced a series of online events to replace their planned City of Literature programme for 2020.

May should have seen a full diary of talks and workshops as part of the annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival, but the events fell victim to the coronavirus lockdown.

Instead, the centre as now unveiled a digital programme, starting next Monday, May 18, including interviews, readings, and a virtual book club and poetry exchange:

  • A Delicate Sight, featuring Max Porter, from 11am, May 18
  • Will we remember all of this in the After? Reading from Ellah P. Wakatama from 3pm, May 19
  • Portrait of an Artist and Writer. Podcast with Sara Baume & Elizabeth Macneal, from 11am, May 20
  • In the Company of Poems. Reading from Fiona Bennett, from 3pm, May 20
  • Re-forming reading habits during lockdown. Reading from Holly Ainley, from 3pm, May 21
  • Virtual book club: A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume. Starts 6.30pm, May 21 – booking required.
  • The Poetry Exchange, various times May 22 & 23 – booking required.
  • Haunted from a distance. Reading from Joe Hedinger, from 3pm, May 22.
  • Ten inspiring writers asking the questions that will shape our future. With Owen Sheers and Chitra Ramaswamy, from 9am, May 23.
  • Page Against the Machine readathon. From 3pm, May 23.
  • Discovering the joys of neighbourhood nature. Reading from Patrick Barkham, from 3pm, May 24.

For more details and booking, visit the National Centre for Writing website.